Piano Playing Police Officer, Recital 3/20

A piano playing cop? It’s true, but you have to see it to believe it. Don’t miss this unique performance by one of Portland Police Bureau’s long-time police officers. Not only does he catch bad guys, he can passionately and skillfully play Chopin.

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., The Snowman Foundation and Portland Piano Company will host a special recital featuring Sergeant Jim Quackenbush from the Portland Police Bureau, T. Walker Anderson and Mikayla Harris, seniors at Washougal High School, and Cammie Lee, an eighth grader at Meadow Park Middle School in Beaverton and the 2014 winner of Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s Concerto Competition. Music by Frederic Chopin, Bruch, Beethoven, and, of course, Michael Jackson.

This special event is free to the public and will be held at the Portland Piano Company, located at 711 Southwest 14th Avenue.

Sergeant Quackenbush has a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Piano Performance from Western Washington University. Graduating Magna Cum Laude, Sergeant Quackenbush was the recipient of numerous awards including the Presser Foundation Scholarship and the William Sanford Piano Scholarship. He won the university concerto competition twice and in 1996 was the first place Collegiate Artist winner for the Washington State Music Teacher’s National Association. He was twice selected as one of 26 pianists internationally to study at the Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. Sergeant Quackenbush also studied at the Dalcroze Institute of the Julliard School in New York City.

In 1999, Sergeant Quackenbush joined the Portland Police Bureau and currently works as a Sergeant at Central Precinct. He will be performing as a guest at Ten Grands on April 19, 2014, at The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Sergeant Quackenbush also participated in a Police Bureau video about a unique partnership with The Snowman Foundation’s Play It Forward program.

T. Walker Anderson and Mikayla Harris are a musical duo from East Clark County and will be performing at Ten Grands for Kids on April 18, 2014. Harris is involved in the Chamber Choir, has participated in school plays and musicals and has been playing guitar for three years. She was also a semi-finalist in Portland Teen Idol twice! Anderson is a long-time Snowman Foundation recipient as he is currently on a piano lessons scholarship with Michael Allen Harrison and was also the recipient of a grand piano through The Snowman Foundation’s Play It Forward program. Through Play It Forward, community donors give instruments that are no longer being used and the foundation places them with a young student passionate about music.

Cammie Lee started playing the piano at age of eight and studies with Patricia Scordato. She has won multiple Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Classical and Romantic piano competitions. Outside of music, she enjoys drawing, reading, writing, swimming, and skiing. In her community, she is involved with Hands on Portland, Oregon Food Bank and volunteers at her church. This is Lee’s seventh season with Metropolitan Youth Symphony.

For more information about this event or The Snowman Foundation, contact Amy Johnson, The Snowman Foundation Manager, at (503) 318-3582.

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St. Patrick’s Day at LCC

Date: Saturday, March 15
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Place: Linnton Community Center, 10614 NW St. Helens Rd.

Join the local community at the Linnton Community Center for a St. Patrick’s day celebration supporting LCC’s Food Bank & Children’s Programs.

Admission: Adults $10.00; Children $3.00

Kids Carnival Games! Irish music! Relax & enjoy your dinner as your children or grandchildren have a bunch of fun!

Dinner Menu: Corned Beef and Cabbage served with red potatoes, carrots & onions, Desserts, traditional Beverages, hot dogs in a bun & lots of kid friendly food!

Questions? Call 503-286-4990 or 503-475-3731

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City of Portland Budget-Related Events

The City of Portland invites you to participate in the four upcoming budget-related events.

City Utility Rate Review
Wednesday, March 19th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Parkrose High School Theater
12003 NE Shaver Street
Portland, Oregon 97220

Community Budget Forum
Wednesday, April 9th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Performing Arts Center
12000 SW 49th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97219

Community Budget Forum
Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm
David Douglas High School, North Cafeteria
1001 SE 135th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97233

Budget Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, May 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

City Utility Rate Review: The proposed combined rate increase of 4.92% will be explained in detail and the public will be invited to ask questions of
City Commissioners and bureau staff.

Community Budget Forums and Budget Committee Public Hearing: These meetings will provide you with the opportunity to share with City Council how you will be impacted by the City’s budget decisions and express which City services are most important to Portland residents. The forums will be similar to a Council hearing, in which you can sign-up to testify before City Council.

For more information, please see these helpful Links:

For general questions about the forums or accommodations, please contact Sarah Diffenderfer, 503 823-6925.


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Crosswalk Enforcement on SW 4th & Montgomery

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law.

The enforcement action will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the marked crossing on SW Fourth Avenue at SW Montgomery Street.

A crosswalk enforcement action includes a pedestrian decoy positioned at marked or unmarked crosswalks. These actions are designed to inform the public of longstanding Oregon crosswalk laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work and responsibilities.

For more information, contact Diane Dulken, Portland Bureau of Transportation, 503 823-5552.

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NW Everett Street Closures 3/13 – 3/21


Street Improvements to close lanes on NW Everett Street from NW 19th to NW 23rd avenues March 13 to 21st

(March 7, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NW Everett Street between NW 19th Avenue and NW 23rd Avenue Thursday, March 13, through Friday, March 21, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to grind and pave 1.1 lane miles.

One traffic lane will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

The public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change. For additional information, contact Diane Dulken, 503 823-5552, with the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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NW 1 & SW 1 Leaf Day Cleen Sweeps

You may or may not recall, but there was a cold event in early December which did not allow the Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to effectively clean two of the CleanSweeps that were scheduled. We performed a push and load effort to get the bulk of the leaves and prevent flooding. At the time, PBOT acknowledged at the time that the streets weren’t clean and that we would return. (Initially they planned for February, but the recent snowstorm prevented that from happening.) PBOT will be returning to sweep the SW 1 and NW 1 CleanSweep areas on March 12 and March 14, respectively, weather dependent.  (For a map of these areas, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/leafday.)  The timing was adjusted to avoid conflict with the Timbers home games.

Additionally,  ‘No parking’ barricades will be placed on NW Lovejoy, from NW 23rd to NW 25th and then continuing on NW Cornell to the first tunnel to pick up gravel from the February storm. We will do one side of the street with SW 1 and the other side of the street with NW 1.

For additional information, contact Jody Yates (503 823-1769), Division Manager, Maintenance Construction & Operations, City of Portland, Bureau of Transportation.

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Neighborhood Emergency Team 2013 Report

In the aftermath of disasters such as earthquakes, more than 90 percent of persons rescued are not rescued by police officers, EMTs or firefighters. They are rescued by their neighbors. Since 1994, the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) program has trained Portlanders to safely protect lives and property in their communities in the wake of a major disaster. After a catastrophe such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake NET volunteers will conduct search and rescue operations, triage and treat injuries, and shut off compromised utilities until professionals can arrive on the scene.

The Portland NET program recently release a report tracking their efforts in 2013.

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NW Portland Reservoir Project Delayed by Inclement Weather

The Portland Water Bureau’s construction project to build a 1.3-million gallon reinforced-concrete underground drinking water reservoir and a 1,408 square-foot pump station in northwest Portland was previously slated for completion in March 2014.  Due to inclement weather in December 2013 and January 2014, the project was slightly delayed and is now expected to be complete in May 2014, under normal weather conditions.

In October 2012, contractor Emery & Sons Construction, Inc. began work with oversight from the Water Bureau’s Engineering Services Group to construct the Forest Park Low Tank Reservoir and pump station on City property off NW Skyline Boulevard, near NW Hawkins Boulevard. Crews have made significant progress on the build, completing the following phases of construction:

  • Clearing, grubbing and excavating the site
  • Building a maintenance access road
  • Drilling and grouting 320 soil nails to stabilize the soil slope
  • Installing a detention vault to managing excess water runoff
  • Pouring the reservoir floor, 50-foot tall walls, and nine interior columns for roof support
  • Reinforcing the reservoir walls with a tensioned wrap of steel cable
  • Applying shotcrete to the reservoir’s exterior
  • Pouring the reservoir roof
  • Installing an underground vault that houses electrical facilities to power the reservoir
  • Testing reservoir for water tightness
  • Constructing an adjacent pump station

Currently, crews are working to backfill the reservoir, built 41-feet into the ground, and the adjacent pump station. Soon, the reservoir will be covered and compacted with layers of soil and eventually native grasses.

For the remainder of the project, the Water Bureau does not anticipate impacts or disruptions to traffic on NW Skyline Boulevard.

The new reservoir and pump station are part of an overall plan to better serve the current and future water needs of residents living at higher elevations in the area. It will also help to improve water capacity for emergency fire protection.

For additional information regarding the project, contact Lindsay Wochnick, Public Information, at 503-823-3028, Lindsay.Wochnick@portlandoregon.gov or visit the project webpage at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/forestparklowtank.

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Community Conversation: Create the Future of Your Community

Engage in a lively conversation with people across neighborhoods in Portland to create a vision for the future. What does an ideal community look, taste, sound, smell and feel like? What can we do today to foster positive change for tomorrow? Bring your friends and family to this free event and discover pathways to new possibilities!

RSVP suggested online or by phone at 503.546.7499 by March 12th. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what neighborhood you live in! Enjoy refreshments and a raffle. Childcare (9 and under), transportation, and interpretation are provided upon request, with 48 hours advanced notice. This program is part of the Community Legacy Project sponsored by Our United Villages.

When: Saturday, March 15th, from 11am to 1pm
Where: OpenSourcery
1636 NW Lovejoy St. Portland, OR 97209
Who: You! Bring your friends and family to this free event and discover pathways to new possibilities!

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Japantown Digital Walking Tours

Explore Portland Oregon’s historic Japantown with this user-friendly walking tour. The city’s vibrant pre-WWII Japanese American community is archived in over 125 photographs and audio clips. Watch historic Japantown street life reappears in “then and now” photographic dissolves. Share content with built in Facebook and Twitter buttons.

This GPS-enabled app guides you through Portland’s eight block Japantown, a bustling community in the early decades of the twentieth century – better known today as the colorful Old Town Chinatown neighborhood.

Japantown PDX documents the vitality of this once-thriving “Nihonmachi” as well as its sudden disappearance in the spring of 1942 when all persons of Japanese ancestry were removed from the West Coast and placed in America’s concentration camps during WWII. In addition to telling Portland’s Japantown story, the app explores the remarkably diverse Old Town neighborhood in tour stops that honor its African American, Chinese and LGBT roots.

Japantown PDX was designed by history educator, Peter Pappas and his students at the University of Portland. Archival content was provided by the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, a Japanese American history museum located in the heart of Portland’s Japantown. Powered by GammaPoint – Apps for wearable devices, sensors, connected cars.

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